The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has created a new research committee for the Internet of Things during the consultative group meeting for the telecommunication standardisation sector.
The organisation will create a single platform combining engineers and experts from industry, telecom operators, ITU member states and concerned organisations, to examine the challenges and solutions while coming up with recommendations and unified global standards in this field.
The United Arab Emirates was nominated for the presidency of the committee, with Engineer Nasser Al Marzouqi, representative of the UAE at the ITU as the chairman of the committee. Saudi Arabia, Russia, Japan, Spain, South Korea, Argentina, Italy, and China were all nominated as vice-chairmen of the committee.
Engineer Nasser Al Marzouqi said: “The technology networks of the Internet of Things will improve our understanding of how the modern cities are facilitated and managed, providing a lot of opportunities to increase efficiency.”
"With participants representing many stakeholders in the ICT field, the new research committee will have an active role in the advancement of converting existing systems to high-efficiency systems, helping to bridge the digital divide and to increase global communication and the transition to smart sustainable cities,” he added.
H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, UAE TRA director general, said: “The move is another indicator of the UAE’s privileged place and strong trust the world has for the nation under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the UAE. The leadership has always been keen to emphasize the development of plans and strategies to reach a sustainable environment, infrastructure and integrated telecommunications network that is both smart and sophisticated. The concept of the Internet of Things, machine to machine communication, and big data analysis as part of the important issues that will affect vital sectors including health, education, transport and other sectors. As such, it will be one of the most important pillars of the shift to smart and sustainable cities.